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Earl Loyd Read, 80, of Browning, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, February, 9, 2022 at his home.

Earl was born on January 26, 1942, to Loyd and Naomi (St. John) Read in Pacific Grove, California. As a son in a military family, Earl moved around to many places as a child, eventually moving to Independence, Missouri where he met his wife Rosemary (Bailey) Read while they were in the 7th grade.

Earl and Rosemary were married on May 8, 1959 in Liberty, Missouri. They then moved to Colorado for a time before moving back to Missouri and to their farm east of Browning, Missouri in 1976.

He never knew a stranger and was always a hard worker. He loved to travel and drove a truck for several years and was also a coal miner for a time. Earl was a master mason and lately partnered with his son Benjamin, he operated as an excavator. Earl enjoyed the outdoors and fishing and loved to play his guitar. Earl also was a classic car enthusiast. He most of all loved to spend time with his family.

Earl is survived by his wife, Rosemary, of the home, four children; Lawrence Read of Holden, Missouri, Maria Smith of Holden, Missouri, Katy Clemens (Kevin) of Weston, Missouri, and Ben Read (Shawna) of Richmond, Missouri, grandchildren; Amanda Read, April Protas (John), Jameson Read, Maggie Pore (John), Rose Smith, Matthew Clemens, Aurora Read, Evelina Read, Sophia Read, Earl Read, Harvey Read, Paul Read, Jules Read, Ozzy Read, and Varinia Read, great grandchildren; Andrew Protas, Alexander Protas, Aria Protas, Alanna Franklin, Eli Read, Charlotte Pore and Francis Pore, two sisters Virginia Riley of Blue Springs, Missouri, Veryla (Ira) Kendall of Mississippi, one brother; Howard Read (Ginger) of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Johnny Loyd Read in infancy, brothers; Elmer Read, Everette Read, sister; Alberta Sebeniecher, and a grand child Derek Bowman.

A Memorial service for Earl will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the First Baptist Church in Browning, Missouri. Burial of his cremains will follow at the Jenkins Cemetery.

Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan, Missouri is handling arrangements.